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Indigenous Understanding MYBennies: Science and Engineering


Acknowledgement of Country

Mount St Benedict College acknowledges and pays respect to the past and present traditional custodians and elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Ancestors have walked this country and we acknowledge their special and unique place in our nation’s historical, cultural and linguistic identity.

Visitors should be aware that this Research Guide may contain images or documentation relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are deceased.

Deadly Story: Engineering

This page looks at aquaculture, stone arrangements and houses.

Australian Geographic

Aboriginal people formed one of the most technologically advanced societies in the world when they first arrived in Australia. Many of their inventions reveal a deep understanding of science and medicine.


We acknowledge the extraordinary contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made, and continue to make, to our culture, the economy and science. We're working with Indigenous communities and organisations to create Indigenous-driven science solutions that support sustainable futures for Indigenous peoples, cultures and Country.

The Conversation

For many millennia, Indigenous Australians have engineered the landscape using sophisticated technological and philosophical knowledge systems in a deliberate response to changing social and environmental circumstance.

YouTube & ClickView

Learn about Indigenous tools and techniques.

Learn from a Marrawarra/Barkindji man, as he explains Aboriginal tools, stone tools and stone knapping.

For thousands of years, Aboriginal people have used the night sky and outdoor observatories to navigate the land, track the seasons, and pass stories through the generations. The first true astronomers.

Tens of thousands of years ago, First Nations Australians looked up on pristine dark skies and formed a complex understanding of what the stars could tell humans about the land. This video explores the astronomical traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, whose observations may be the first forms of astronomy conducted worldwide. Informative and engaging, this is a great introduction to an important part of First Nations history and science.


World Book

Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania

Includes information on indigenous shell middens, quarries, huts, firestick farming, and stone arrangements.

Aboriginal Farming

A common misconception about Indigenous people before European settlement in Australia was that they were no more than a hunter-gatherer society. Indigenous Australians were one of Earth’s earliest farmers.



Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been observing the skies for millennia. It is where ancestral beings exist and observe. It is both a map and guide to navigation, seasons and cultural practice.